English Designed – Methodology 1/2 – Explain/Teach/Review

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English Designed Business English Methodology Slide
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The slide below comes along with every one of our PDFs and PowerPoints.
This methodology pertains to teaching business subject matter, and it assumes that they’ll not only be practicing and improving their English, but also learning something about business they didn’t know before.

And that’s important…if you wanna keep your group interested, DON’T JUST TEACH ENGLISH!
Instead, teach things IN English. 😉

English Designed Business English Methodology Slide

We do teach grammar, and find it very important, but that requires a separate methodology.

These business topic lessons tend to be more about fluency rather than accuracy.
And for a more detailed discussion of Fluency vs. Accuracy visit this article. So helpful! 🤓

In this article, we’ll diving into the first phase of our training methodology: Explain/Teach/Review

Let’s take a closer look at what we mean…

(Quick Note: This methodology assumes a group size of 2 to 20, and 20 is kinda pushing it.
Any larger than that and we’d switch how these topics are presented to having course participants take a more active role in teaching each other.)


Explain / Teach / Review Phase

The first part of any lesson is to teach the concept. At ED, that gets broken down into three sub-phases that are part of nearly every Explain/Teach/Review Phase:

  1. Introduce the Topic
  2. Quick Dive Activity
  3. Deeper Dive into Subject Matter

  1. Introduce the Topic

Firstly, we do a quick intro to what the topic is and why it’s important. This can be in a many forms. Online videos with an example of the topic, examples from experts in the room, show pictures, tell a story, or the trainer simply explains what it is.

Try to get the particulars across in 5 minutes or so while grabbing their attention. Remember, you’re probably the 4th meeting they’ve had that day, be different.

2. Quick Dive Activity

The purpose behind this activity is to wake them up a bit and snap them out of their day-to-day. It’s also a good way to quickly get an idea of how much each participant knows about the subject, so that when you go to teach something, you’re not telling them something they already know.

The easy go-to activity for this mini-phase is a quick brainstorm. Participants mind-map or list everything they know about the topic in 3 or 4 minutes. There are other quick activities like Table Topics or Draw Something Terrible (as fun as it sounds) that work well too, but the brainstorm is probably the best for waking up their brains a bit, relaxing them, and having a touch of fun.

PRO TIP: Put on some snappy music, you’ll find a list of some of our favourites on our article about Music in the Classroom.

3. Deeper Dive into Subject Matter

This next bit is where the real teaching takes place. The trainer dives with them into learning about whatever the lesson is about that day.
Example Topics: Product Descriptions, Presentations, Writing Emails, Interviews, Travel English

By the end of this part, the course participants should feel like they’ve learned something they didn’t know before, in addition to having practiced their English and/or improved their vocabulary.

It doesn’t have to be science textbook complicated; an article from a well-respected source will do. If you’re going to use an online video, it should be a bit longer, more in-depth and there should be discussion along the way about what’s important. This also gives the participants a moment to ask questions about the grammar and vocab.

By this point we haven’t actually gotten to practicing the new concept yet. It’s mostly about learning a new topic or skill or whatever, and getting an idea of the vocabulary associated with it. If needed, you can pull out specific vocab and give definitions or discuss. Sometimes we require during the teaching bits that each person pulls out two words they don’t know and we talk about them as a group.

And here it is…the thing at the bottom of every article

For more tips and tricks specific to each lesson (shameless plug 🙃) check out our ready-made PowerPoint lessons. In each slide you’ll find notes for the trainer and different variations on each activity.

And once you’ve got those, you’ll be sound as a pound 🤓

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